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Guide to the Richard Bonelli Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Bonelli Collection
    Dates: 1911-1986
    Collection number: ARS-0005
    Creator: RIchard Bonelli
    Creator: Mona Modini Bonelli
    Collection Size: 22 linear feet
    Repository: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Abstract: The collection consists of Bonelli's letters, documents, photographs, programs, publications, scores, scrapbooks, audiovisual materials, posters and newspaper clippings.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Richard Bonelli Collection, ARS-0005. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Baritone Richard Bonelli was born Richard Bunn in Port Byron, New York on Feb. 2, 1889. His voice teachers were Arthur Alexander in Los Angeles, and Jean de Reszke and William Valonat in Paris. His operatic debut was as Valentin in Gounod's Faust at the Brooklyn Academy in 1915. From 1922-24 he toured the U.S. with the San Carlo opera company. After touring in Europe with the Max Sauter Company in 1925, he was engaged at the Theatre Gaite Lyrique in Paris. That same year he was to join the Chicago Opera Company, remaining there until 1931. Between 1926 and 1942 he was a frequent guest at the San Francisco Opera, and was also a member of the Metropolitan Opera from 1932-45. After retiring from the stage he dedicated himself to voice pedagogy and was a much-appreciated teacher. He taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and at the Music Academy of the West. Richard Bonelli died in Los Angeles on June 7, 1980.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes several hundred personal and business letters; documents ranging from private matters, such as his divorce papers from his first wife Pauline Curley, to professional matters, such as his multiple opera contracts; photographs from his childhood and family, a large number of promotional portrait photographs, some featuring him in costume for various opera roles; a collection of programs; publications, mainly dealing with opera companies; annotated opera vocal scores and songs; seven scrapbooks containing mainly newspaper clippings; audiovisual materials; testimonials; and posters and newspaper clippings.


    Series 1. Correspondence. 2. Documents. 3. Photographs. 4. Programs. 5. Publications. 6. Scores. 7. Scrapbooks. 8. Publications. 9. Films. 10. Sound recordings. 11. Testimonials and awards. 12. Posters and snakes. 13. News clippings. 14. Miscellany.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bonelli, Richard
    Bonelli, Mona Modini
    Baritones (Singers)